Sediment and Porewater Geochemistry in a Metal Contaminated Estuary, Dulas Bay, Anglesey
Authors: Sullivan, P.; Taylor, K.G.
Source: Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Volume 25, Number 1, 2003 , pp. 115-122(8)
Remobilisation of contaminant metals from sediments can occur by chemical, biological or physical changes. This in turn can lead to contaminant fluxes to the porewaters and ultimately the water column. The aim of the research presented here is to document post-depositional controls on metal mobility and fluxes in a heavily metal-contaminated estuary. This will allow for an improved understanding of the impact of contaminated sediments on water quality from both a short-term and long-term perspective. Dulas Bay is situated on the east coast of Anglesey, North Wales, and receives polluted waters from Parys Mountain. Metals within Dulas Bay sediments show surface enrichment and variations in mineralogical form. Diagenesis clearly plays a role in post-depositional behaviour of the metals, forming sulphides and potentially carbonates. The presence of a dominant exchangeable/carbonate fraction, and elevated porewater metals, in this sulphidic system is significant and could indicate the presence of freshwater diagenesis, or, reflect the high levels of metals in the sediment.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, M1 5GD, Manchester, UK
Publication date: January 1, 2003